It’s been about a week since Arkansas has gotten any news on what the roster will look like in 2023-24, so how long until we have more information?
It all starts with the number one high school prospect in the country, Ron Holland. Holland originally signed with the University of Texas, but after the downfall of Chris Beard, he requested to be released from his letter of intent. With recent reports from multiple national outlets, it seems to be down to Arkansas and the G-League Ignite for the Duncanville, TX, forward. While Holland still hasn’t been released, we can expect Eric Musselman and his staff to push extremely hard to get him in Fayetteville next season.
The NBA Combine is this week as well, meaning two key potential components of next year’s roster will be competing. Arkansas freshman Jordan Walsh planned to go through the draft process while keeping his eligibility, but after showing out in the first two days of the combine, the chances of him returning to Arkansas seem to be lessening by the day. The deadline for Walsh to fully declare is May 31st.
Another name frequently brought up when talking about next year’s roster is North Dakota State forward Grant Nelson. In a similar situation to Walsh, Nelson is also testing the draft waters while maintaining his eligibility. After a breakout season last year, he seems to also be leaning toward keeping his name in the draft; but if he pulls out, he will transfer. Arkansas is rumored to be the landing spot for him if he does end up taking his name out of the draft, but we should know more about his future after an eventful week at the combine. The deadline for Nelson to declare is May 31st as well.
Lastly, Devo Davis seems to be the wild-card. After bringing in a portal class with four guards, the thought was that Davis was off to the draft. However, Davis wasn’t invited to the NBA Combine, nor was he invited to the G-League Elite Camp. He was fairly quiet about his plans until last week he called in to John Nabors’ show on 103.7 “The Buzz” and announced he’s taking it day by day and just enjoying the process. He’s been training with his old AAU coach Antonio Buchanan, prepping for wherever he plays next season.
It will be very interesting to see how the roster plays out, as decisions will have to come eventually for many. With the addition of the transfer portal, the college basketball off-season has been as eventful as ever, giving fans something to look forward to while their favorite teams aren’t yet playing.